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To All Canadians,

In this time of a significant and society altering crisis, it is the responsibility of Canadian companies and organizations to support their fellow citizens. We, the undersigned, have come together in this moment of national mobilization and, in the spirit of public service, to support Canadians through a free collection of resources, called WellCan.

WellCan provides Canadians with the support they need to navigate the challenges brought on by COVID-19, to build resiliency and to develop healthy coping mechanisms for the future. The mobile app and website, created by Morneau Shepell, offer everyone in this country easy access to an extensive range of free resources to support their mental health.

The COVID-19 virus is feared as a physical illness, for its financial impact and its potential to overwhelm the Canadian health-care system. The toll on the mental health of Canadians is also expected to be severe, both now and in the coming months, and potentially for years to come.

In Morneau Shepell’s monthly The Mental Health Index™ that surveys Canadian workers, there has already been a significantly negative change in the mental health of Canadians arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Canadians, we’re proud of how our governments, health-care workers, and community organizations are putting the health and safety of Canadians first in grappling with COVID-19. By launching this mental health initiative through WellCan, our hope is to make an ongoing contribution to a critical yet underserved dimension of this crisis that affects all of us.


The Honourable Perrin Beatty, PC, OC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Mirko Bibic
President and CEO
BCE Inc. and Bell Canada

Louise  Bradley, CM
President and CEO
Mental Health Commission of Canada

Catherine Burrows
Deputy Executive Director
Fondation Jeunes en Tête

Barbara Cartwright
CEO
Humane Canada

Jean-François Chalifoux
Chief Executive Officer
SSQ Insurance

Phillip  Crawley
Publisher and CEO
The Globe and Mail

Corey Daxon
President
Feldman Daxon Partners

Mary Deacon, CM
Chair
Bell Let’s Talk

Lori Digulla
President
Starbucks Coffee Canada

Victor Dodig
President and CEO
CIBC

John Ferguson
President & CEO
Purolator

Jeff Gilchrist
Canadian Operating Unit
General Manager
Avanade Inc.

Helena Gottschling
Chief Human Resources Officer
RBC

Jacques Goulet
President
Sun Life Canada and Lumino Health

Ken Hartwick
President and CEO
Ontario Power Generation

Goldy Hyder
President and CEO
Business Council of Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger
Co-Founders
WE

Malcolm D. Kirkland
President/Chief Executive Officer
Merit Contractors Association

Dave Lede
Chairman & CEO
Ledcor Group

Stephen Liptrap
President and Chief Executive Officer
Morneau Shepell

Jeff Macoun
President and COO
Canada Life

Joe Manget
Chair and CEO
EHN Canada

Alain Masse
President
UAP (Napa Auto Parts)

Sandy McIntosh
Executive Vice-President,
People & Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer TELUS

Michael Medline
President & Chief Executive Officer 
Empire Company Limited/Sobeys Inc.

Doug Murphy
President and Chief Executive Officer
Corus Entertainment

Joe Natale
President and CEO
Rogers Communications

Kevin Peesker
President
Microsoft Canada

Domenic Pilla
CEO
McKesson Canada

Cole C. Pinnow
President
Pfizer Canada

Patricia Pottie
President and CEO
Strongest Families Institute

Mark Poweska
President and CEO
Hydro One Inc.

Wayne Prins
Executive Director
CLAC

Jean-Rémy Provost
Managing Director
Revivre

Don Romano
President and CEO
Hyundai Canada

George D. Schindler
President & CEO
CGI

Kris Shah
President
Baylis Medical

Brad Shaw
Executive Chair and CEO
Shaw Communications Inc.

David Shoemaker
Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General
Canadian Olympic Committee

Gordon Stothart
President & CEO
IAMGOLD Corporation

Louise Taylor Green
CEO
Human Resources Professionals Association

Louis Vachon
President and CEO
National Bank

Anthony Viel
Managing Partner and Chief Executive
Deloitte Canada

Don Walker
CEO
Magna

Darryl White
Chief Executive Officer
BMO Financial Group

Eric Windeler
Founder and Executive Director
Jack.org

Jay Woo
President and CEO
CAA Club Group